Tag Archives: Escarpment Trail

Kaaterskill Clove from the Falls parking area

Kaaterskill Falls area is more than a waterfall. Yes, just about everyone who comes to this place comes to see the falls, and it would be right to do so. But without understanding the history and meaning that this area had to generations of Americans would be folly. Also, just rushing to the falls and back to your car would deprive you of one of the best natural spectacles that are not the falls! In…

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Upper falls from the overlook

This is the upper section of the Kaaterskill Falls trail in what could be done as one awesome hike to the lower trailhead now that the NYSDEC has updated the trail system (2016) in this area. It is some of the best trail work in New York if not the whole universe – haha. However, for the purposes of this description, I will only review the trail from the upper parking area to the Kaaterskill…

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North-South Lake from the Escarpment Trail

This is the northern loop of the North-South Lake area which includes the most dramatic section of the Escarpment Trail. I can’t find words worthy to express its beauty. For many hikers, they will stop and return to the campground after reaching Lookout and Sunset Rocks, this is a mistake. The hike to North Point, even though a bit longer and somewhat rougher, is worth the effort and time. A return on the Mary’s Glen…

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Trailhead sign for Acra Point Loop Hike

In the shadow of the big peaks that line the Black Dome Valley (aka Big Hollow Valley) in the Catskills sits Acra Point. This 3100′ peak is located just north of Blackhead Mountain and is part of “The Catskill 67”. The Acra Point Loop makes for a great day hike any time of the year. This peak is especially nice on busy days when loads of people are scrambling up into the Blackhead Range. You’ll be able to hike in…

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The Kaaterskill Rail Trail

Winter is upon us. With several snowfalls already there are hopes of a good year for snow related sports. We’ll keep our fingers crossed! A great addition to the trail system in the Catskills for both beginner snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and winter mountain biking is The Kaaterskill Rail Trail. The trail is located just to the north of the Kaaterskill Wild Forest for most of its length. The Kaaterskill Rail Trail is currently a 1.5 mile…

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Information about COVID-19
Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully.
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